THE POWER OF GIVING

Your Donations At Work

Donations to Global Volunteers are a powerful way to create change and impact the lives of the children and families we serve around the world. See how your donated dollars are used, educating young people, feeding mothers and babies, providing health care, and nurturing families. You are waging peace and promoting justice worldwide and your donations help each person in our partner communities reach their fullest potential. Thank you for all that you give!

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Clean Water Grant Keeps Children in School

Clean Water Grant Keeps Children in School

Tanzania

Thanks to a grant from Xylem Watermark, 2,700 individuals have greater access to clean water and improved health and hygiene in Tanzania. The $10,000 grant funded two new rainwater water harvesting systems and handwashing stations at the Mkalanga and Makungu Primary schools, handwashing stations for 60 new RCP families in Kisinga village, and ongoing handwashing supplies and maintenance for existing RCP families.

Oceanbags Make a Splash at the Texas Border

Oceanbags Make a Splash at the Texas Border

USA - Texas

Oceanbags Foundation founders and Global Volunteers alumni Toni and Mark saw an opportunity for a partnership this spring in the Rio Grande Valley. Backpacks made from recycled ocean-bound plastics were filled with needed hygiene items by our volunteers and then distributed to asylum-seeking families at the Humanitarian Respite Center. These backpacks and supplies offer much-needed support to families crossing the border into Texas.

Nepal Computer Lab Elevates Learning

Nepal Computer Lab Elevates Learning

Nepal

Darcy had a life-changing experience serving with the children at St. Joseph School in Nepal. Upon his return home, Darcy felt the need to continue his support and service. His family funded a new computer lab for the students, providing the learning tools needed to elevate their education. Today, all 300 students at St. Joseph School participate in one computer class each day enhancing the scope of their learning for years to come.

Volunteer Donates Books for RCP Peru

Volunteer Donates Books for RCP Peru

Peru

After her service program, Elaine wanted to do more for the mothers and children she met while conducting home visits in Peru. Elaine made a donation so that Peru staff could purchase children’s books for families enrolled in Global Volunteers’ Reaching Children’s Potential Program, providing colorful enrichment for growing minds. RCP Caregivers report the books are a delight for all ages, with older siblings reading aloud to their younger sisters and brothers.

Welcome to Our Newest Changemakers!

Welcome to Our Newest Changemakers!

Global

Global Volunteers’ monthly giving program, the Changemakers Club, would like to welcome our 10 newest members! Changemaker Club members sustain and grow the programs they are most passionate about. Monthly donations fund nutrition programs for mothers, support Caregiver salaries, keep tools and supplies stocked, and more. Learn about the Changemakers Club here: globalvolunteers.org/changemakers

Sewing Machines Inspire New Skills

Sewing Machines Inspire New Skills

St. Lucia

In St. Lucia, CARE provides marginalized teens with a holistic vocational education, helping them acquire life skills and income-generating certifications. Several multi-time St. Lucia volunteers have supplied CARE with new sewing machines. Girls and boys are enthusiastically learning this marketable craft, both for their own benefit and so they can expand their future income opportunities.

Student Continues Her Service From Home

Student Continues Her Service From Home

Tanzania

Volunteer service can be life-changing for teens. Four-time volunteer Grace decided to spotlight her volunteer experience during her senior year of high school. With her Racial Equity Club, Grace raised $898 for the Reaching Children’s Potential Program in Tanzania through bake sales, educational talks, and direct donations. Grace shared stories of her experiences in Tanzania and how financial support can continue to serve the children and mothers there.

Grant Provides Seasonal Clothing for Children

Grant Provides Seasonal Clothing for Children

Poland

That’s A Wrap has been a generous partner to Global Volunteers and the Ukrainian children we serve in Poland. Multiple grants have provided families with seasonal clothing and new shoes. Global Volunteers has served Ukrainian refugee families living in Siedlce, Poland since 2022, and partners like That’s a Wrap help make it possible.

Gift Catalog Shines Bright at the Holidays

Gift Catalog Shines Bright at the Holidays

Global

Alumni and friends shopped the Global Volunteers Gift Catalog this past holiday season, purchasing meals for mothers and babies, EarthBox container gardens, handwashing stations, school supplies, and so much more. Nearly $10,000 in funding and supplies was provided for our partner communities, helping those we serve stay healthy and thriving. Thank you!

Volunteer Fulfills a Need at Children’s Center

Volunteer Fulfills a Need at Children’s Center

USA - Puerto Rico

While Linda was serving in Puerto Rico, she realized the children at Hogar de Ninos needed a way to keep their outside toys clean from the wet tropical weather. Linda shared her service program experience with friends and received an abundance of thoughtful donations to buy storage containers, toys, and books for the children living at the center. Linda’s gift is helping create joy and inspire imaginations in Puerto Rico.

Music is Changing Lives in St. Lucia!

Music is Changing Lives in St. Lucia!

St. Lucia

Thanks to an extraordinary donation from 4-time volunteer Scott, the children at Anse La Raye Primary School have new recorders, glockenspiels, guitars, and ukuleles for music class! The children are overjoyed with their instruments and are eager to learn. Music education for children benefits their cognitive development, emotional growth, and increases social skills. The children now have more outlets for their creativity to shine.

Year-End Giving Starts 2024 Off Strong

Year-End Giving Starts 2024 Off Strong

Global

Thank you to all our donors who gave during our Year-End fundraising campaign! Your generosity helped Global Volunteers start 2024 on a strong foundation, providing language education, health care services, and nutrition support to the children and families we serve.

Why I Give: Because the Need is Obvious

Peru Alumni Volunteer Kurt Jaeger admits his relationship with kids in Peru is exceptional. On the campus of Global Volunteers' partner, Sagrada Familia, he's revered as an engaging volunteer teacher, a compassionate elder, and more - a talented…

Why I Give: Helping Developing Communities Become Self-Sustaining

Hairston Foundation CEO Roosevelt Hairston and his daughter, Sophia, say Global Volunteers' Reaching Children's Potential Program (RCP) in Tanzania reflects their commitment to advance self-determination for rural Tanzanian communities. As…

Why I Give: This Was a Chance to Help Others

Geri Espy of Clearwater Beach, Florida said the Russian invasion of Ukraine motivated her to help however she could. As a Global Volunteer alumna in Poland in 2003 and in Montana in 2013, she felt we offered a reliable avenue for appropriate…

Why I Give: Ukrainians Need Our Help

In many ways, Michael Woodley is a typical teen. He loves playing guitar, listening to music and hanging out with friends. But, he took an unusual step in April when Russia invaded Ukraine. Having just received a gift of $1,000 from his…
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Tanzania Volunteer Moved by “Rescue” of Malnourished Toddler

For 20 years, retired Social Security Administration Paralegal Specialist Shirley Long traveled the world with the goal of visiting all seven continents. After achieving that, her new plan was to have an immersive experience in one community…

Why I Give: Helping Kids Get on the Right Track

Kristie Thompson of Minneapolis says that working in an office with adults all day makes her appreciate the opportunities she has to work with children. "I enjoy the opportunity to support them when they’re little and get them on the right…

Why I Give: Helping to Keep Programs Vital

Since 2007, Cora Thompson has served with Global Volunteers annually, first in Peru with her husband Verlon, and then individually in Romania and Ecuador. Drawn to service since her youth, Cora says she "strives to give to others physically,…

Why I Give: Putting Service at the Center of My Life

A decade ago, California marketing manager Erin Woody was building her career and working excessive hours each week. She loved her job, but was missing a central element of her life: Community service. Determining that "weekend volunteering"…
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Why I Give: “The Women’s Strength Inspires Me”

Board member and seven-time volunteer Pam Griffin looks to support Global Volunteers’ Reaching Children’s Potential Program (RCP) in any way she can. For the last few years, Pam has organized two Facebook fundraisers annually – one for…

Why I Give: The Children’s Trust in the Universe Inspired Me

Seven years ago Margaret “Maggi” Gallaher began volunteering with Global Volunteers, and has since served on five programs – in the Cook Islands, Romania, Montana, Peru, and West Virginia. As a pediatrician, Maggi is deeply dedicated…

Why I Give: Finding a New Home in Service

Frances (Fran) Johansen found Global Volunteers at a time in her life when she says she was dealing with "angst." Her husband had recently passed away, she had retired and was thinking about what to do with the rest of her life. Fran describes…
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Why I Give: Assisting Self-Sufficiency

Global Volunteers relies on a steady stream of volunteers to serve in partner communities each year, ensuring that essential services continue. Volunteers are our essential resource - the human capital that partner communities request and require.…

Why I Give: Responding to Families’ Needs Abroad

When Global Volunteers launched an online gift catalog last year, donors welcomed it as a complementary way to support the communities they've served. Read on for two couples' reflections on giving back while their own volunteer travel is…

Why I Give: Volunteers Paying it Forward

Global Volunteers relies on a steady stream of volunteers to serve in partner communities each year, ensuring that essential services continue. Volunteers are our crucial resource - the human capital that partner communities request and require.…
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Why I Give: Student Alumnus Sustains Tanzania Dental Support From Home

A mention of  Global Volunteers on our partner's website moved Maddy Aungst, an aspiring dental student, and her dentist father to help meet the needs of families and children in the Reaching Children's Potential (RCP) Demonstration Project…
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Why I Give: Alumna Bridges Pandemic to Serve Students from Afar

Barbara 'Bobbi' Dunham's special regard for English-language students was cultivated with Global Volunteers in 2012 in India. She's served regularly since then, forming special relationships with students in the classrooms of Kotun, Poland…

Alumni Fundraising for Change: A Story of Two Committed Volunteers

When Rene Moquin and Annie Weissman thought about how they could further their global impact this spring, the answer seemed clear: reach out to family and friends to conduct fundraisers in support of Global Volunteers’ programs.

Why I Give: Dental Hygiene for Village Children in Tanzania

"Seeing the children’s faces light up as they held on tightly to their new dental tools was so heartwarming. At that moment I was so proud of our fundraising efforts and the people who helped my dream become a reality!" This was the first…